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Exeter Legion, American Grillcollecting worn American flags Exeter American Legion Post 833, in conjunction with the American Grill Restaurant, will be collecting unserviceable United States flags. A collection box is located at the restaurant where worn or tattered flags can be placed. The American Legion will properly dispose of the flags. From left, are Shaun Cruz, owner of American Grill, and Donald Hudock, legion commander.

Spring without baseball. March less mad, the lights on Broadway dimmed, and little by little, falling like dominoes, all of our favorite past times tumble away.

I’ve listed a few events still scheduled that may be postponed or canceled by the time this article is published. Organizations aren’t quite sure what to do.

The pandemic is on everyone’s mind, and there is no point in avoiding the topic. I work part time in a local grocery store and have seen the frenzied shopping, empty shelves and stressed out shoppers who respond in one of two ways. They are either extra nice and helpful or they are selfish and rude. I’ve been trying to put it all into perspective and think of how we, individuals in our community, can contribute.

I always tell people to go out to support our local businesses, bars and restaurants, but I can’t in good conscience give that advice today. Social distancing is foreign to us, but we must do it for the sake of the community.

I recently spoke to a couple friends, both Wyoming Area grads, who’ve been through crises in a way that most of us can only imagine. I got a call from my friend, Carolyn, a retired NYC police officer who was on duty on 9/11. In the course of our conversation, she mentioned the kindness of strangers. Working around the clock, away from family and home for months, kids shuffled around as parents worked to protect the city in the aftermath of that attack, police and fire fighters were so grateful when someone thought of them and sent food. Carolyn remembered, with special fondness, one woman who sent cookies. That simple gesture, so kind, was so appreciated.

Then I called my friend, Michelle, an ER nurse in Connecticut, in a community next to Sandy Hook. Michelle is working 12-hour shifts under the difficult conditions we hear described on the news. She told me a friend had sent dinner for her husband and son. Another act of kindness, much appreciated, as Michelle, like all health care professionals, put their own well being in jeopardy to protect the community.

I’ve always been an advocate for nurses. They are grossly underpaid and over worked, and are the people caring for us when we are most vulnerable. Michelle had a brilliant idea, although she meant it for me and didn’t realize I’d share it with half of Wyoming Area. She said we’re correctly worried about local restaurants. Why not order food and send it to the hospital workers. She’s right! Pizza, hoagies, doughnuts, anything. Call Door Dash if your favorite restaurant doesn’t deliver. Maybe send the ER a gift certificate for food. How about the local EMTs who won’t hesitate to answer the calls when we need them? Send a box of candy or cookies. We all know someone who works in a hospital, nursing home, or rehab facility. They’re on duty. Feed them. Workers on 12-hour shifts, or longer, get hungry and, more important, will know we are thinking of them.

If the predictions I hear on the news are correct, it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better. It will hit our community. The best way to forget our troubles and fears is to think of others. Stay home and order food from local restaurants. Get some for yourself and some for our healthcare workers. Be nice to the grocery clerks. Imagine how they feel with people breathing on them and handing them filthy money. Use plastic.

We’ll get through this, but only if we act like a community.

Wyoming Easter egg hunt

Wyoming Recreation Board will sponsor an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at Flack Field. Children age 1 to 12 are invited.

Library closed

Wyoming Free Library is closed and the Lego art show is postponed.

Wyoming sanitation fees

Wyoming sanitation fees are in face period through May 15, with the price being $250. After that, the late fee is $300. Senior discount is $240. Vacant properties are not exempt from fees. No cash payments will be accepted. Check or money order should be made out to Wyoming Borough Sanitation. Rental property owners, not the tenant, are responsible for the bill.

Since the borough building is closed to the public. All bills owed to the borough will have to be mailed or placed in the secure box outside the entrance of the building.

Wyoming U.M. Church news

Wyoming United Methodist Church is selling Easter candy, including peanut butter, coconut cream and butter cream filled Easter eggs in milk or dark chocolate, krispie eggs, molded chocolates and chocolate-peanut butter smoothies. Call 570-693-2821, 570-693-3700 or 570-655-4742 to order.

Easter services are: Maundy Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m.; Good Friday, April 10, at noon, and Easter Sunday, April 12, at 10:30 a.m. All community members are invited.

West Wyoming trash fee

Bills for trash fees, in place of stickers, were mailed in October. All residents must pay this bill. The cost remains the same as last year. As of March 1 the cost is $300. You can pay by credit card at www.westwyoming.org. Mastercard and Discover will be accepted.

Exeter emergency alerts

Exeter has begun a CodeRED notification system to send alerts and updates to citizens during emergencies. Registration is required and can be done on line at www.exeterborough.com or on your smartphone text AlertExeterPA to 99411. You will get a text back with the link to register. If your loved one lives in Exeter and you do not, you can register to keep yourself up to date with Exeter news. You can choose to be alerted via land line, text or email and can add as many contacts as you want. There are also options for the hearing impaired. Citizens without the internet can call 570-654-3001, ext. 7.

Exeter refuse stickers

Refuse stickers for Exeter Borough are available. The price remains the same. Until March 31, the price for seniors is $130. All other residents will pay $180. It is mandatory to purchase a sticker. At this time, the borough building is closed to the public. All bills will have to be paid by mail. For information, call Lynda at 570-654-3001, ext. 2.

Exeter office closure

To ensure the safety of our residents and employees during the COVlD-19 virus, as of March 16, the Exeter Borough Building is closed to the public and open only to essential personnel until further notice. The borough will continue to serve the public needs for all police, fire and medical emergencies. Please dial 911 in the event of an emergency.

Payments can be dropped off in the secure payment box at the entrance of the borough building. Until further notice, anyone making payments for trash, taxes, tickets, building permits and dumpster permits will not be allowed entrance into the borough building.

In order to keep emergency personnel safe and healthy, the police and fire departments will not be accepting walk-in visitors. Call 911 for all emergencies.

In a notice to residents from Exeter Mayor Denise Adams, Police Chief Joseph Schlagel and Exeter Council, they say borough officials are in constant contact with Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency as this situation unfolds. Exeter Borough asks all residents to practice social distancing as well as good hygiene, check on the elderly and young and have patience as we navigate through this national emergency along with the rest of the nation.

Call the borough building at 570-654-3001 with questions or visit the borough website at www.exeterborough.com.

Lions Club’s Night at the Races

Exeter Lions will hold a Night at the Races on Saturday, April 25, at St. Anthony’s Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. with post time at 7. A donation of $5 at admission includes food and refreshments. Horses may be purchased from any Lion or at the door for $10. The winner of each race will receive $50.

Mini-THON bingo

Join Wyoming Area Mini-THON for the third annual bingo fundraiser Sunday, April 26, in the secondary center cafeteria. Cost per ticket is $20. Prizes include a variety of $50 gift cards. In addition, there will be raffle baskets, door prizes, cash games and more. Food, deserts and drinks also will be available. Doors open at noon and bingo starts at 1 p.m. WA Mini-Thon is a student led organization that partners with Four Diamonds and Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital to raise money toward battling pediatric cancer.

Veterans banners

Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club is continuing the Hometown Heroes Banner Program to honor residents and family members of Wyoming and West Wyoming who are serving or have served our country in the Armed Forces.

Banners will be placed on street poles on Shoemaker Avenue, Wyoming Avenue and Eighth Street.

The banners will be displayed from May 2020 to Nov. 11, 2022. Cost is $225, which includes installation and removal. After the two years, the banners will be permanently removed and given to the service person or family member. Kiwanis hopes to put the banners up starting in April to early May, in time for Memorial Day. To get an application, contact wyomingareakiwanis@gmail.com.

Barbara Bullions writes about Exeter, Wyoming and West Wyoming. To list an item, email barbarabullions@gmail.com or call 570-301-2185 by Monday.